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Drug Abuse Information

There are an estimated 19.9 million illicit drug users in the United States, according to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, and that number does not count those who abuse prescription and over-the-counter drugs, other substances and alcohol.
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Drug Abuse Screening Quiz
Answering these 20 questions will help you evaluate whether you should seek treatment for drug abuse.

Information About Commonly Abused Drugs
Detailed information about the most commonly abused drugs in the United States.

The Health Effects of Commonly Abused Drugs
Contrary to what some believe, the abuse or nonmedical use of any drug can have long-lasting effects on your health.

What Is Substance Abuse?
Substance abuse can simply be defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes.

Are You Addicted?
There are many different levels of substance abuse and all of them can be dangerous, addicted or not.

What Is an Addiction?
Elizabeth Hartney describes the exact nature of addictions and why certain behaviors are considered addictive while others are not.

Addiction Is a 'Brain Disease'
Initial drug use may be voluntary, but once addiction develops control is disrupted in the circuitry of the brain.

Addiction Changes Brain's Reward System
Pursuing rewards is a normal, but when addiction develops the pursuit of rewards can become pathological due to changes in the brain's reward circuitry.

Drug Treatment Centers
Find Drug Treatment Centers which have web sites on the net.

Drug Abuse Frequently Asked Questions
The following are the most frequently asked questions about drug abuse, compiled by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Has Your Health Been Affected by Your Use of Drugs?
Long-term drug abuse can seriously affect your body, particularly your brain, lungs and cardiovascular system.

Books About Drug Addiction
These books define drug addiction, explain how addiction develops and offer a wide-variety of views on how drug addiction can be prevented and overcome from scientific, spiritual and alternative perspectives.

Glossary of Drug-Related Slang Terms
In the world of illicit drugs, a separate culture and language has developed in which ordinary sounding words can take on entirely different meanings.

Addiction is a Problem of the Mind, Body and Spirit
Twenty years of working with addicts has convinced About.com Addictions Guide Elizabeth Hartney that addiction is a dis-ease of body, mind AND spirit.

U.S. Has Highest Levels of Illegal Drug Use
In spite of the most stringent drug policies and punitive drug laws on Earth, the United States also has the highest levels of lifetime illegal cocaine and marijuana use, according to a study of more than 54,000 people in 17 countries.

Symptoms of Addiction
All addictions, whether to substances or to behaviors, involve both physical and psychological processes, according to About.com Addictions Guide Elizabeth Hartney.

Young Drug Users More Likely to Have Brain Damage
Young drug abusers are up to three times more likely to suffer brain damage than those who don't use drugs -- a level of brain damage normally only seen in much older people and similar to the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

Identifying Patterns in Injection Drug Users
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel, who followed but did not treat 1,339 injection drug users for 12 years, showed that fewer than 20 percent were able to completely cease injection drug use.

Iowa Has Lowest Rate of Illicit Drug Use
Past month use of illegal drugs ranged from a low of 6.1 percent in Iowa to a high of 12.4 percent in the District of Columbia for persons aged 12 or older, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Addiction Is a Chronic Brain Disease
Addiction is a primary, chronic brain disease that results in the pathological pursuit of rewards despite negative consequences.

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